French: Martinet de Chapin German: Iturisegler Spanish: Vencejo del Ituri
Other common names:
Black Spine-tailed Swift
Avakubi, Ituri District, DRCongo
SE Sierra Leone E to S Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon and N Congo. Recorded also in SW Central African Republic, NE DRCongo and NE Angola.
15–17 cm; 52 g. Large, slender spinetail with long wings, typical hooked outer primaries, bulging inner primaries and outer secondaries, pinched in at body; prominent... read more
Three main vocalizations, all of them considered loud and harsh (like teeth being gnashed): a... read more
Rainforest zone over a variety of habitats, including primary and secondary forest, plantations and... read more
Food and feeding
Winged ants reported from one stomach. Generally a low-elevation feeder that freely associates with other swifts, e.g. Apus apus,... read more
Largely unknown. Enlarged gonads in Ghana in Feb, and DRCongo in Oct; entering tree hollows in Liberia late Dec to mid-Mar, where aerial... read more
Generally considered resident. Some authors have suggested that this may be an Afrotropical migrant... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally uncommon to rare throughout, but believed to occur more widely than present knowledge indicates, and certainly overlooked. Some evidence that... read more
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